Boris Johnson will pump £100 billion – almost the entire NHS budget – into funding a ‘moonshot’ of testing every Briton every week to beat coronavirus, a leaked memo says. The radical government plans could see up to 10 million coronavirus tests carried out every day by early next year in a drastic expansion of the existing programme. The memo, sent to Nicola Sturgeon and other Scottish cabinet secretaries, outlines the proposals ‘to support economic activity and a return to normal life’, according to the BMJ. The government currently spends £130bn on the NHS in England each year, so such a move would almost match the amount of funding pledged to the entire health service, which in itself represents some 20 per cent of all public spending. It also represents a near-30-fold increase in the UK’s testing capacity, with just 350,000 daily tests being carried out at the moment. However, on top of fears of adding even more debt, experts warn lab capacity among other issues may mean the plan is not even possible to roll out. Boris Johnson will pump £100 billion – almost the entire NHS budget – into funding a ‘moonshot’ of testing every Briton every week… Read full this story
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